MX23RW : Tuesday, December 7 11:13:31| >> :600:607976:607976:
Oct 11, 2018 at 7pm UK at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (Ar-Riyāḍ (Riyadh))
Attendance: 18,517
Martinez (18'), Pereyra (53'), Pezzella (82'), Cervi (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Argentina see off Iraq with dominant performance

Goals from Lautaro Martinez, German Pezzella, Roberto Pereyra and Franco Cervi secured the win in Riyadh.

Argentina continued their recovery from a disappointing World Cup campaign with a convincing 4-0 friendly victory over Iraq in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Caretaker head coach Lionel Scaloni had already led them to a friendly victory over Guatemala and draw with Colombia, and in the friendly Super Clasico tournament that also involves Saudi Arabia and long-term rivals Brazil,  he oversaw another encouraging performance.

In the absence of Lionel Messi – still to confirm if he will continue playing for his country – Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, goals from debutants Lautaro Martinez and German Pezzella, and Roberto Pereyra and Franco Cervi demonstrated their dominance.

Martinez’s came in the 18th minute, when he met a fine, left-wing cross from Marcos Acuna to head in from six yards.

Paulo Dybala had just threatened to double their lead when, in the 53rd minute, he created a chance for Pereyra. After beating two defenders he found his team-mate,  who then routinely finished into the bottom corner.

Victory already felt secure when, in the 83rd minute, Scaloni’s team scored again. From Cervi’s corner, Eduardo Salvio nodded on to Pezella, who in turn headed beyond Iraq goalkeeper Jalal Hassan Hachim.

Cervi scored Argentina’s fourth and final goal – and the most impressive of the lot – in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.

Carrying possession for 25 yards in the same way Argentinians have so often seen Messi, he closed in on Hachim and finished beyond the goalkeeper’s right and into the corner.

They next face Brazil on Tuesday.

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Press Association Sport staff');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'a53692b6-f47c-4ea5-a2cd-988853f0595a');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:match-reports,paservice:sport:world');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + + location.hash), 'title': 'Argentina see off Iraq with dominant performance'});

ID:338416: cacheID:338416:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3696:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Read more about Argentina Iraq Football

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
1Manchester CityMan City1511223292335
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham158342819927
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs148151617-125
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd157352524124
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves156361213-121
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton154831416-220
10Aston Villa156182124-319
11Leicester CityLeicester155462327-419
14Crystal Palace153751921-216
15Leeds UnitedLeeds153751522-716
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle151771730-1310
20Norwich CityNorwich15249831-2310

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!